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HPC Solutions Receives Several Awards from DiversityBusiness.com

HPC Solutions is honored to be recognized as a 2016 “Top Business” recipient by DiversityBusiness.com. We were recognized in 5 categories to include:

  •  Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in the U.S      diversitybusiness
  • Top 100 8(a) Businesses in the U.S
  • Top 50 Women Owned Businesses in Colorado
  •  Top 50 Diversity Owned Businesses in Colorado
  • Top 50 Privately-held Businesses in Colorado

 

Check out the full list at www.diversitybusiness.com 

The Last One Percent: Federal Agency Spending Opportunities for WOSBs

To help stimulate economic growth, the US government supplies about $500 billion in contracts to businesses every year.[1] The SBA (Small Business Act) set a goal for twenty-three percent of all government-contracting dollars to be awarded to small businesses that meet certain requirements; namely women-owned small businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, HUBZone small businesses, and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. Each of these groups has its own specific goal. The SBA set a goal of five percent of all prime and subcontracts for women-owned small businesses.[2]  For eligible businesses, these contracts are “set-aside,” restricting potential competition.[3] However, this federally mandated goal has yet to be realized.

WOSBs (women-owned small businesses) and EDWOSBs (economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses) must meet certain requirements in order to qualify for government contracting programs. At least fifty-one percent of the business must be owned and controlled by one or more women, these women must be US citizens, and the business must be defined as a “small business” according to the SBA and the NAICS (North American Industry Classification System). Furthermore, an EDWOSB can qualify for WOSB program awards and EDWOSB awards, but a WOSB can only qualify for WOSB program awards. Certification for these programs can be applied for directly, or through a third party.[4]

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IRS Chief Compares Agency’s IT System to a Model T

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One uncontested theme in the fury surrounding the Internal Revenue Service’s admission that it lost two years’ worth of emails subpoenaed by investigators: The agency is working with some outdated information technology.

“I fondly refer to our IT system as a Model T with a very nice GPS system and a sound system and a redone engine, but it’s still a Model T,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told lawmakers Friday.

The situation was worse three years ago, when Lois Lerner, then-chief of the IRS division for tax-exempt organizations, lost two years’ worth of emails as the result of a hard drive failure.

To minimize data storage, agency email accounts could only hold about 1,800 emails — a limit that was raised to about 6,000 — and employees were asked to archive additional emails on their hard drives. This process was — and still is — common practice at numerous agencies. When Lerner’s hard drive died, those emails were lost for good.

Koskinen said Lerner’s hard drive was destroyed, after multiple efforts to retrieve its content failed. Although it’s not clear what prompted them, IT staff members at the time took the unusual step of sending the hard drive to the agency’s Criminal Investigation Division’s forensic lab after technicians were unable to recover the data.

“Unfortunately, the news is not good,” an IT manager told Lerner in an Aug. 5, 2011, email that wasn’t lost. “The sectors on the hard drive were bad which made your data unrecoverable. I am very sorry. Everyone involved tried their best.”

Two years later, Lerner and her emails took center stage in multiple investigations into charges the Exempt Organizations Division unfairly scrutinized applications for tax-exempt status from conservative groups. But it took another year for the agency to reveal that years of emails relevant to these investigations no longer existed; this information came out last week.

The agency has recovered some 24,000 of the lost emails — which it will hand over to investigators by the end of the month — through searches of other employees’ emails, Koskinen said. The White House said earlier this week there were no direct email communications between Lerner and the Executive Office of the President during the period of the missing emails — the two years preceding the mid-2011 hard drive crash — after some Republicans suggested the emails were purposefully destroyed to hide White House cooperation.

At the moment, to search archived emails, IRS must pull the accounts and the employees’ hard drives and load them into another device to search them. “That’s an antiquated system,” Koskinen said.

Democrats have argued a lack of funding is to blame. “Congress has cut the IRS budget for operations — which includes what is spent on computers and other information technology — every year for the past five years,” said Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which held Friday’s hearing.

Koskinen said the agency has tried update its systems as much as possible, given the limited funding. “The IRS has $1 billion worth of computer equipment, and the agency should be spending $150 million to $200 million on maintenance for that equipment,” he said. “Instead, the agency spends virtually nothing because it cannot afford to properly maintain what it has.”

The agency at this point needs about $400 to $500 million for IT modernization and improvement, Koskinen said, noting not everyone at the agency has even been upgraded to Windows 7.

Republicans remained highly skeptical that the emails weren’t lost on purpose. Without engaging with the specifics of the agency’s IT system, they noted the tax collector itself would not relieve taxpayers of their obligations as the result of a crashed hard drive.

“The IRS is in charge of hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ information,” said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., the committee chairman. “You’re now saying your technology system was so poor that years’ worth of emails are forever unrecoverable. How does that put anyone at ease? How far would the excuse of ‘I lost it’ get with the IRS for an average American trying to file their yearly taxes who may have lost a few receipts?”

Written by Rebecca Carroll June 20, 2014
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Finally, Telemedicine That Works

vidyoVidyo Enables Mercy to Transform Patient Care through Telehealth Services Mercy SafeWatch is Largest Single-­Hub TeleICU in the U.S.

Hackensack, NJ – May 13, 2014 – Innovation in telemedicine is a top priority for healthcare providers around the world, and you need look no further than the heartland of America to find Mercy – the sixth largest Catholic health system in the U.S. – leading the way in transforming patient care through telehealth. The St. Louis­?based network of hospitals and health facilities spanning four states is reinventing models for fast and efficient medical diagnosis and delivery. Mercy SafeWatch, the largest single-­?hub TeleICU in the country, enables specialists to continually monitor critical patient data across 15 hospitals and interact via video communication with on-­site medical teams and patients, virtually expanding each patient’s care team. Mercy doctors and administrators believe that their latest healthcare technology has the potential to change the face of patient care in the U.S. and beyond.

Vidyo’s visual communications technology is integrated into Mercy’s central TeleICU command centerin St. Louis, which also supports other critical care telemedicine services at Mercy such as telestroke, telecardiology and teleperinatal. With the integration of Vidyo and Philips® eCare Manager, SafeWatch is able to provide around-­the?clock vigilance of critically ill patients. Over 450 Philips TelelCU monitored beds have been equipped with Vidyo so that Mercy’s critical care doctors and nurses can watch over and communicate with ICU patients, their families and bedside healthcare staff via Vidyo from a central command center. According to Wendy Deibert, vice president of Telehealth Services at Mercy, the health system expects to expand the use of Vidyo to even more beds and applications. “With Vidyo we are able to do many things a bedside physician can do, except physically touch a patient. We can see the entire room, from the drips to the ventilator panel, to how the patient looks. We can talk to the family, patient or nurses in the room.”

“One of the biggest problems healthcare facilities are facing across the U.S., is that there isn’t adequate access to healthcare,” said Thomas Hale, executive medical director of and Telehealth Services at Mercy. “With Vidyo, we are now capable of reaching those who need us the most, when they need us, wherever they are. Vidyo gives us the required high level of visual acuity, regardless of what kind of device you are communicating with and what level of bandwidth is available.”

“Telemedicine is playing a bigger and bigger role in the care of patients the world over, and the innovation of new technologies and models of healthcare is central to the future of medicine,” said Dr. Dale Alverson, medical director, Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research, University of New Mexico. “Technology should not only be about making things easier, but also about making things possible. Mercy’s SafeWatch demonstrates just how effective a healthcare system can be when you have great technology and tools to work with. Vidyo has been very responsive to the needs of the healthcare industry. They see what’s necessary for us to move into the future and they provide exceptional solutions to get us there.”

“The Mercy program is a testament to what can be accomplished when you put great technology into the hands of people with vision and a passion to improve the status quo,” said Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo’s CEO and co-­?founder. “By using Vidyo, Mercy is revolutionizing healthcare and making programs such as SafeWatch possible with scalable, cost?effective, visual communication that leverages the public Internet and existing general purpose IP networks. Healthcare practitioners are now able to rely on secure, encrypted remote doctor-­patient and doctor-­doctor interactions that are as close to face?to?face consultations as you can get.”

The VidyoWorks™ platform allows healthcare providers to deploy high definition (HD), low latency Vidyo for healthcare anywhere an examination or consultation needs to take place, from within medical facilities and patient homes, clinics, other hospitals or physician home offices. It is a complete,end-to­?end solution with a variety of endpoint options, including VidyoRoom™ systems for conferences or auditorium events, desktop endpoints for doctors’ offices, simple?click, touch screen options for patients at home, and customized endpoints for medical cart and bedside use in hospital emergency rooms, operating rooms or clinics. Vidyo offers natural, multipoint HD video communications that can be accessed from virtually any device and room size over basic Internet or wireless networks. Vidyo delivers HIPAA compliant encryption for its endpoints and is able to integrate with third party H.323 and SIP-­based video conferencing systems. It easily integrates with established healthcare environments, supporting a variety of medical devices and interoperating with existing conferencing infrastructure.

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 33 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, two rehab hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-­workers and 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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About Vidyo, Inc.
Vidyo, Inc. pioneered personal telepresence enabling natural, HD multi-­point video conferencing solutions on tablets and smart phones, PCs and Macs, room systems, that interoperate with legacy H.323 and SIP endpoints, telepresence solutions and affordable cloud?based video conferencing as a service solutions. The VidyoWorksTM platform allows solution providers to integrate high quality visual communications into their applications, leveraging H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) and Vidyo’s patented VidyoRouter™ technology. Learn more at www.vidyo.com, on the Blog or follow Vidyo on Twitter @vidyo and on Facebook.

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